Last night Chevy blew
the doors roof off of the all-new Corvette Stingray. Which if you’re not picking up what I’m laying down…by that I mean it’s a convertible. To that end, they announced pricing for this model, which starts at just over $67,495 ($7,500 more than entry 1LT Stingray coupe) and will hit dealers the beginning of next year. Here is the website for the car.
If for some reason you’ve been living under a rock – you’d have to be to not have heard at least one thing about the 2020 C8 Corvette – it’s the first time Chevy has offered this model with a mid-engine. The company has a 30+ history of attempting a mid-engine Corvette, only to fail due to engineering and cost constraints.
That in mind, the Corvette has long had a history of offering an accessible price point and all the while performance that matches or exceeds cars twice if not more expensive. And the Chevy Corvette C8 is no different.
Just lay eyes on the 2020 Stingray and you’ll wonder how they can build a supercar for so cheap. More importantly, how can they sell a supercar so cheap. And yes, it’s just that, save for the low price tag.
Moreover, this is the first convertible Corvette to offer a hardtop. Which mind you only weighs 77 lbs more than the fixed-roof version. Watch the video and you’ll be impressed with its seamless integration into the body. Chevy says there is no compromise when it comes to storage either when compared to that of the coupe version.
Another first is Chevrolet’s first eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. It should lend itself to lightning-fast shifts that are seamless and anything but jerky. And much like the new Porsche 911, the wheels are staggered, offering 19-inch wheels in the front and 20-inch ones in the back.
I had a chance to sit in the passenger seat of the convertible Corvette last night and it’s snug. A good snug mind you. All instruments and screens are angled towards the driver. The headroom is a concern. I stand at almost 6′ 2″ and had to lower my seat to max. I’d imagine with a helmet on I’d be hardpressed to fit. Which makes me wonder how the coupe compares in terms of headroom.
That said, the car is nothing short of impressive. Performance aside, its exterior is one that can match the aesthetic requirements of those seeking a supercar look. And while I can only imagine how it drives, I’m confident that Chevy has done it right. I’ve long struggled to fully enjoy driving prior Corvettes because of the seating position in this car. However, this version has you sitting much more forward and thus in tune with the rotation of the car – it should be a game changer in that department.